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Cohen Media Group to Release Italian Oscar-Entry 'Terraferma' (video)

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2012 at 4:05PM

"Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13.
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Terraferma

"Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13. "Terraferma" was directed by Emanuele Criaslese; he co-wrote with Vittorio Moroni. We caught the beautiful film last November when it opened Cinema Italian Style at the American Cinematheque, following its Venice Film Festival debut.

Synopsis and trailer are below:

Until actually confronted with having to make a life and death decision, who can know, with absolute certainty, how they will react? Set on and around a summer tourist island off the coast of Sicily, “Terraferma” tells the story of two struggling, yet disparate families, whose members become fatefully intertwined. A well intentioned but illegal rescue of immigrant 'boat people', forces the individuals of the indigenous family to chose between their economic survival and doing the morally correct thing with respect to the family they've saved at sea. In the process, both families are slowly torn apart as they come to grips with the harsh reality and consequences of their actions. “Terraferma” is a small, unpretentious film with enormous dramatic impact.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.